Key policy and guidance documents

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Depending on the type of organisation or function you lead there will be specific policy and guidance documents related to your work. The documents here are the keystone documents. NHS England and NHS Improvement websites have further materials on the wider system and service. The usual health and social care policy think tanks and membership organisations  such as The King’s Fund, The Nuffield Trust, Social Care Institute for Excellence,  NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation will also have analysis of key policy documents and changes which may be useful.

Long Term Plan – the resources on this microsite include downloadable versions of the Long Term Plan and the People Plan, focusing on the key goals and enablers to reduce health inequalities and deliver safe high quality care which is fit for the future. The page includes deep dives into key areas of work and case studies.

People Plan – the NHS People Plan, developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners, sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver care and identifies the actions NHS England/NHS Improvement will take to help them.

2022/23 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance – .The 2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance sets out our priorities for the year ahead. This guidance reconfirms the ongoing needed to restore services, meet new care demands and reduce the care backlogs that are a direct consequence of the pandemic.

NHSI Improvement Hub – provides access to improvement tools, resources and ideas from across the health sector.

Operational planning and contracting guidance – covers system planning, full operational plan requirements, details of workforce transformation requirements, the financial settlement and the process and timescales around the submission of plans.

ICS Guidance – Integrated Care ( – NHS England / Improvement FutureNHS site with guidance and resources.

Report: CQC’s State of Care report